Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2005 [375ml]
(Veneto, Italy) - [WA 90] [VM 90]
Regular price $52.00 Sale price $36.97 Save $15.03
About this Wine:
Amarone Classico is made from grapes that are harvested in Brigaldara, located in the heart of Valpolicella Classica, at the entrance of the Marano valley. The selected bunches are the sparsest and best exposed ones. The careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard and the strict management of the drying process are of extreme importance for this wine. After ca. 120 days of drying, vinification takes place. Here, all the noble components held in the skins are transferred to the wine. Amarone Classico follows the traditional production method, aging the wine in large-volume wooden barrels for ca. 3 years.
Bright red. The clean aromas of red cherry and berries are enhanced by a floral touch. Initially sweet with a nice glycerine sensation in the mouth, it follows a slightly bitter note with a noticeable tannic bite on the lively flavours of red fruits. Classically dry finishes with a hint of heat derived from the significant alcoholic content.
Technical InformationVarietal Composition: Corvina 47%, Corvinone 39%, Rondinella 6%, others 8%
Vineyard: Brigaldara (250 mt/a.s.l.)
Training System: Pergola Veronese and Guyot
Planted Area: 10 ha - 4,000-5,000 vines/ha
Aging: 1 year in small wooden barrels and 2 years in large wooden barrels
Dry Extract: 34.3
Sugar Residue: 1.8
The grapes are selected in the vineyard, placed in crates and left to dry in the drying loft. During fermentation, the wine is always in contact with the grape skins. It is pumped over twice a day with a delestage half way through fermentation, favouring colour extraction.
Ratings & Reviews90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a relatively straightforward wine but I loved it for its superb balance and harmony. Sweet red cherries, herbs, leather, spices and earthiness are buffered by finessed tannins as this soft-textured wine opens in the glass. This is a great introduction to Amarone." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2008)
90 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is a relatively straightforward wine but I loved it for its superb balance and harmony. Sweet red cherries, herbs, leather, spices and earthiness are buffered by finessed tannins as this soft-textured wine opens in the glass. This is a great introduction to Amarone. Curiously, the 2005 comes across as more advanced than the 2004, and I would choose to drink it on the young side." - Antonio Galloni (Oct 2008)